At Cranford House Plastic Surgery, you can have your breast implants removed using the En Bloc technique.
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of women undergoing surgery to remove their breast implants. This can be for a number of reasons including but not limited to lifestyle changes, breast illness or another personal change.
At Cranford House Plastic Surgery, Dr Lam has observed that many women are simply changing their mind about their implants and would rather them be removed.
What are some of the reasons for having breast implants removed?
Having a bad breast augmentation is not the only reason why breast implants are removed. Most commonly patients seek an en bloc capsulectomy because of concerns that the implant is causing health problems for them. These symptoms come under the general term of breast implant illness.
What is BIA-ALCL?
Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a rare form of cancer linked to the presence and bodily reaction to textured breast implants.
It typically presents itself as swelling of the breast due to an accumulation of fluid.
It is known to occur most commonly between 3 to 14 years after the original breast implant surgery. However, there have been cases diagnosed as early as 1 year and as late as 37 years after the operation.
Treatment for BIA-ALCL involves removal of the implant as well as the capsule surrounding the implant. If you have noticed swelling or any lumps in the areas around your implant, you should consult with your doctor or surgeon as soon as possible. One common way to remove implants is by using an En Bloc technique.
What does ‘En Bloc’ mean?
En Bloc (in a block or a whole piece) refers to the removal of the breast implant and the scar tissue, or capsule, that has formed around it as a singular block of tissue.
What to expect during an En Bloc procedure
Every En Bloc Capsulectomy procedure conducted at Cranford House Plastic Surgery is an outpatient procedure and takes between 2-4 hours.
Typically, Dr Lam will create an incision in the natural crease below the breast. This incision allows for the capsule and implant to be removed completely. Surgical drains may need to be inserted to drain any extra fluid and help to discourage any further capsule from developing.
Should I replace my implants?
This decision is a personal decision and will depend on the patient. If you have textured implants and wish to replace your implant, you may be interested in placing them with new smooth implants.
Surgical options after my breast implants are removed
Due to the skin stretching to accommodate the implant, it is common to experience some sagging or drooping after the removal of your implant. However, there are many different ways that this sagging can be addressed after the implant is removed.
Breast Implant Replacement
Also known as breast revision surgery, if you received an En Bloc procedure due to capsular contracture or because you were unhappy with the aesthetic of your breast, you can have the implant replaced with a new one. During your initial consultation with Dr Lam, you can discuss using a different size implant to suit your new preferences, manipulating the implant pocket, including a breast lift or even fat grafting.
If you are undergoing the procedure and would not like new implants, Dr Lam can perform a breast lift procedure at the same time as your En Bloc procedure to restore the position of your breasts and sculpt a new breast shape to leave you with naturally pleasing results.
Also known as fat grafting, this procedure involves taking fat from another area of the body (like the hips, thighs or abdomen) and using it to add volume to your breasts. This is a great option for patients who do not want new implants but also do not want to lose the aesthetic their implants gave. Although your breasts after fat grafting may not produce the exact same appearance to that of implants, fat transfer can leave you with naturally fuller, voluptuous breasts.
En Bloc Capsulectomy Adelaide
Whether you have concerns about your existing implants, need breast revision surgery or if your implants no longer suit your lifestyle, Dr Lam is here to guide you through the process of having your implants removed using the En Bloc technique. With years of experience, he can educate you on your options and work with you to develop the look you desire. To book a consultation with Dr Lam, contact us today.